Operation Flashpoint
Genre Action -> Tactical
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Date 2003-03-18
Publisher Codemasters
Date 2001-06-22
Publisher Codemasters
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtOperation Flashpoint--a cross between Hidden and Dangerous and Delta Force: Land Warrior--is about as real as it gets when it comes to combat sims. Based in the first/third person viewpoint, you start as a private in the Allied forces in 1985, sent on a number of missions against the imposing Russian forces. From here, following a campaign that takes you across many villages, forests and enemy bases, the idea is simple: stay sharp, stay alive and follow orders. But Operation Flashpoint doesn't stop at being a first-person shooter in an army simulated world, for all the vehicles, whether it be a jeep or an Apache helicopter, can also be controlled by you. Set across luscious landscapes and rolling valleys, you'll soon find start to think you're in a Chris Ryan book or army film as you and your platoon sweep a valley in extended file. In addition to the great eye candy, the AI for both your fellow soldiers and the enemy is very impressive, and at times you can soon be left behind in the battlefield if you don't pay close attention to what's going on. And the added bonus of a mission editor will allow you to continue with more assignments after you've finished the testing campaign and single mission levels. As with most games of this ilk, there's a heavy emphasis on multiplayer--without it hindering the single player game--and therefore the usual array of deathmatch, capture the flag and domination options are all here, with online communities around the globe already growing in vast numbers day by day. Make no mistake, Codemasters have come up with one of those games that'll be hard to beat over the next year, and if you've ever thought of donning that 58 pattern webbing then here's your chance to do so without getting too dirty. --Jason Denwood

- Tactical military combat simulation game
- Start out as a foot soldier and survive in a battlefield
- Work your way up the ranks until you are controlling a full battalion
- Includes the original game plus the expansion packs Cold War Crisis, Red Hammer, and Resistance
- For 1 player
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